Difficulties Of Defining Terrorism Has Changed Our Lives

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Difficulties of Defining Terrorism
Christine King
Dr. Alanna Smith
July 12, 2015

Terrorism has been around for hundreds of years and through the years the definition of terrorism has changed. While the United States knew of terrorism it wasn’t a main stream issue for Americans, these types of activities happened in other countries, not ours. Unfortunately that is not true, which we found that terrorism can and did reach our shores and change our lives, this unfortunate realization took place on September 11, 2001. Of course this was not the first terrorist activity that occurred on American soil, it is just the one that slapped American’s in the face telling us that American was not “untouchable”, we are just as vulnerable as other countries. Defining terrorism has been an issue for many years, the different branches of the federal government cannot even agree on a definition of what terrorism is let alone different countries. To back up the above I have listed some of the different definitions from different branches of the federal government and from other countries (White, J. 2014).
• The Intelligence Community is guided by the definition of terrorism contained in Title 22 of the US Code, Section 2656f(d): ( o The term "terrorism" means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents. o The term “international terrorism” means terrorism involving the
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